Cricket match date: 13th April 2019
Cricket match time: 08:00 pm IST
Cricket match location: Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh
Cricket Match format: T20
Tournament: Indian Premier League 2019
Team A: KXIP
Team B: RCB
Team A Captain: Ravichandran Ashwin
Team B Captain: Virat Kohli
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Cricket Match Preview:
Indian Premier League (IPL) has now officially reached the halfway mark. Most of the teams have now played around seven cricket games and are clear about what they would need to do to reach the playoff spot. Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) are one of those teams who have played seven cricket games and they are now placed at the fourth spot on the points table. Their opponents, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), are down and almost out with six losses out of six cricket games.
KXIP are playing some good cricket but the lack of a genuine pace all-rounder is hurting them and as a result, their top order players like KL Rahul and Chris Gayle are playing more conservatively than they would have otherwise. This has led them to a lower score than they would have liked. While this will still work against some of the weaker opponents, it will not work against Mumbai Indians (MI) as they found out in their last cricket game.
KXIP even had a bizarre cricket game against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Chennai. In their chase of 160 runs, they were hit hard by CSK’s bowlers and were reduced to seven for two after two overs. Post that, KL Rahul and Sarfaraz Ahmed kept KXIP in the game and it looked like they will take KXIP home. However, they were pegged back and could not recover from some of the inexplicable tactics in between the over 14th to 17th. In the end, it proved to be an easy win for CSK.
RCB, on the other hand, have found the going tough again and are now almost on the point of no return. They have eight cricket games left and now need to win at least seven cricket games to realistically hold a chance to reach the next round. It almost feels like another campaign gone wrong for skipper Virat Kohli.
RCB still have something to play for though. This might be the last time fans get to see AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli together in the same team considering AB has now retired from international cricket. There is a lot of pride involved and perhaps captaincy might be at stake for Virat Kohli if this goes wrong further.
Cricket Match Information:
KXIP will take on RCB for the first time in this year’s IPL. As of now, KXIP have played seven games of cricket and RCB have played six games of cricket.
Kings XI Punjab
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
KXIP are being led by Ravichandran Ashwin for the second year in a row. KXIP have not sighed away from making the changes to their playing eleven as per the conditions. Hence, our prediction is of the inclusion of Mujeeb ur Rahman for this cricket game.
Here is our prediction of KXIP’s playing XI:
- KL Rahul
- Chris Gayle
- Andrew Tye
- Ravichandran Ashwin
- Mohammad Sami
- Mayank Agarwal
- GC Viljoen
- Ankit Rajpoot
- Mujeeb ur Rahman
- Mandeep Singh
- David Miller
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
RCB are being led by Virat Kohli once again. They have got a horrendous start to their season once again. Our prediction is of the same playing eleven that played in the last cricket game against Delhi Capitals (DC).
Here is our prediction of RCB’s playing XI:
- Virat Kohli
- Parthiv Patel
- AB de Villiers
- Marcus Stoinis
- Moeen Ali
- Yuzvendra Chahal
- Pawan Negi
- Umesh Yadav
- Mohammad Siraj
- NA Saini
- Tim Southee
Cricket Statistics and Prediction:
AB de Villiers has looked good in the IPL so far but has not been able to win the cricket game for his side. He will be hurting and one team might bear the brunt of that pain. Our prediction is of a great knock from him.
Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:
Mohali Cricket Stadium is big and the pitch is flat. Our prediction is of a score of around 170 for this cricket game. Conditions are expected to be hot and dry.
KXIP will begin this game of cricket as favourites. Absolutely nothing has gone RCB’s way so far in the tournament and they do not know where their next win is going to come from. Hence, our prediction is of KXIP’s victory.
Top Batsman (Prediction):
AB de Villiers (RCB) – 50+ runs
Top Bowler (Prediction):
R Ashwin (KXIP) – 2 or more wickets
Most Sixes (Prediction):
AB de Villiers (RCB)
Kings XI Punjab – 1.86
Royal Challengers Bangalore – 1.86
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